"You can be sure we had a big party!" - Martin Kaymer on the Ryder Cup
EDGAR speaks to the two-time Major winner ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this weekend.Matthew Priest January 13, 2015
Out of 10, what score would give yourself for the 2014 season?
I would give myself an eight out of ten – of course I would like to win many tournaments but the two I won were very important ones so I will give myself a good score. If you’d told me at the start of the year that I would win my second Major and the Players Championship, I’d have been happy.
How much of a relief was it to finally win your second Major?
It was very important for me – some of my friends joked that I was a one hit wonder so to win my second Major was an important goal for me and they wont make that comment again! It was an amazing couple of weeks after winning at the players Championship and then following it up with the US Open. It was very hard to be chased from start to finish though!
What goes through your head when you’re on the first tee?
It obviously depends a little on the tournament. Usually, I am very focused on picturing the shot I will hit. I don’t get nervous but definitely I feel the adrenalin kick in, anticipating the round ahead. Obviously there are a little more nerves when it is the first tee on Sunday of a Major or at the Ryder Cup for example, but I try to keep calm and focus on my performance. You’ve tasted victory in Abu Dhabi before. What is it about the course that suits your game?
I love the course and I have the little extra confidence boost that comes from playing on a course where you have won before. We get looked after really well, we stay in the luxurious St Regis hotel and I am just very comfortable in Abu Dhabi. I like being there it feels like my home away from home.
How do the courses in the Gulf compare to others around the world?
They are world class and compare favourably to everywhere I play around the world – I spend a lot of time in Abu Dhabi practicing, training and relaxing when I’m not competing as the Gulf has world class courses and facilities and the weather that I need to prepare myself to play all around the world.
How did you and your teammates celebrate after retaining the Ryder Cup?
Well, I don’t want to give too much away but you can be sure we had a big party together and also some drinks with the American team too – it was a great night up at Gleneagles and we certainly celebrated with as much passion as we played with out on the course! What are your goals for 2015?
I don’t like to share my goals for the year too much but I will give away my first goal of 2015 – it is to try and win back my Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title – it is such a special tournament to me and one that I would love to win again.
What is something that a modern day gentleman should possess?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
It wasn’t a single piece of advice but rather a good pep talk from Bernhard Langer – I was struggling to play my best golf in the Ryder Cup as the conditions are so different to how we usually play and I was frustrated not to be able to contribute my best golf to the team. He talked to me about his own experiences and it certainly has helped me deliver for the European Team in the Ryder Cup.
Martin Kaymer's style CV:
Favourite club – I love all my Taylor Made Clubs, it depends on the day and how I am feeling but maybe my favourite right now is my SLDR Driver
Favourite golf course – it is tough to pick one but anywhere I have won rates highly with me! If I have to pick one I will say the Old Course.
Favourite tailor – Hugo Boss
Favourite shoe brand – Adidas
Favourite watch – Rolex
Favourite car – Mercedes Benz
Favourite holiday destination – Abu Dhabi
Favourite restaurant – Sushi!